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Word by Word

A Daily Spiritual Practice

Marilyn McEntyre


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Beautifully written meditations on fifteen well-chosen words

In What's in a Phrase? -- winner of the 2015 Christianity Today Book Award in Spirituality -- Marilyn McEntyre showed readers how brief scriptural phrases can evoke and invite. In Word by WordMcEntyre invites readers to dwell intentionally with single words -- remembering their biblical and literary contexts, considering the personal associations they bring up, and allowing them to become a focus for prayer and meditation.

McEntyre has thoughtfully chosen fifteen words (see below), and she gives each word a week, guiding readers in examining the word from seven different angles throughout the week. She draws on the spiritual practices of lectio divina and centering prayer as she encourages readers to allow these small words to help them pause and hear the voice of the Spirit. "I invite you to discover," says McEntyre in her intro-duction, "how words may become little fountains of grace. How a single word may, if you hold it for a while, become a prayer."
  • Listen
  • Receive
  • Enjoy
  • Let Go
  • Watch
  • Accept
  • Resist
  • Allow
  • Be Still
  • Follow
  • Rejoice
  • Ask
  • Dare
  • Leave
  • Welcome

William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 9780802873866, 234pp.

Publication Date: August 7, 2016

About the Author

Marilyn Chandler McEntyre is a writer, professor of medical humanities at UC Berkeley, and former professor of English at Westmont College. A longtime hospice volunteer, she is also the author of Drawn to the Light: Poems on Rembrandt's Religious Paintings and Patient Poets: Illness from Inside Out.Her book What's in a Phrase? Pausing Where Scripture Gives You Pause won the Christianity Today 2015 Book Award in the Spirituality category.